The mom-and-pop stores that preceded the now-dead rental chain had character–but made you bring the videos back the very next day.
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Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards were all about reactions. In the most GIFable award show ever, our digital souvenirs include Drake solemnly staring at the ground, Rihanna giving the stink eye, and endless cutaways of Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift. Most are in response to Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s medley of her “We Can’t Stop” and his “Blurred Lines,” two of the year’s most controversial music videos brought together as the night’s must-see moment.
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America’s biggest entertainment companies all reported how rich they are this week, and, well, gosh, they are spectacularly, mind-blowingly rich. All for the same two-letter reason.
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But a social media blockbuster of incredible proportions.
Directed by Terri Timely and produced by Brady Welch and Sophie Harris, the documentary above profiles an ingenious oddity, a man who has managed to dupe nearly 50 regional art institutions into accepting forged artwork.
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler deserve the most credit. After all, awards ceremony hosting actually may be the most thankless job in show business. Ricky Gervais was funny, but his cynical joking turned people off. Anne Hathaway tried hard, but James Franco forgot to wake up. Jimmy Kimmel was pleasant, but not edgy enough. But Fey and Poehler proved to be just right—amusing, without overdoing anything.
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Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Daito Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.
Craft distillers not only need to be knowledgeable in such arcane matters as the esoteric habits of yeast and the miraculous properties of copper; they also must be deft in navigating the complex regulatory geography. (As I once heard a tour guide at the Wild Turkey distillery explain: “How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.”)
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